Now that we’re in the midst of winter, the likelihood of snow and ice hitting the region is higher than ever.
If the thought of your kids heading out into the elements has you shivering, just keep these winter safety tips in mind so your family can stay safe this winter.
1. Layer Up!
When temperatures drop, children should be dressed in layers they can put on and take off easily if they get wet from being outside. Avoid cotton clothes in favor of moisture wicking materials or wool, and use waterproof materials for the top layer.
2. Remove Bulky Jackets in the Car
Although warm jackets are necessary outside, bulky outerwear can compress under a seatbelt or car seat straps during an accident. This can create enough space for the child to slide into an unsafe position, risking injury during the accident.
3. Children Should Play in Areas With Shelter Nearby
Children playing near shelter have the benefit of an easily accessible spot to take breaks and warm up periodically. Check frequently to make sure they’re warm, relatively dry, and can come inside if they wish.
4. Enforce Helmet Use
Many winter sports, such as ice skating, hockey, sledding, and tubing pose a concussion risk for children. Kids should use a ski or snowmobile helmet built for these conditions instead of a bike helmet. Adults should wear helmets themselves to set a good example.
5. Use Ice Melt on Paved Surfaces
When ice and snow comes our way, ensure you are using ice melt to rid your paved areas of ice. Slip and fall injuries cause around half of all traumatic brain injuries to kids under 14, so make sure your kids are safe from the moment they set foot outside.
6. Avoid Space Heaters
When it’s time to come inside to warm up, skip the space heaters in favor of warming by the fire or with ambient heat. Space heaters can cause house fires if used improperly, and pose a burn hazard to children who touch them accidentally.
7. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
When the heat goes on in the winter, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is at its all-time high. Install CO detectors on every level of your home and in each sleeping room. CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can kill within minutes. Early detection before levels become toxic can save lives.
When the temperature drops or snow starts falling, don’t panic; instead, be proactive and use these tips for your children’s winter safety. If you have concerns about a winter injury or any other aspect of your children’s health, call us at (615) 790-3200.